Joss Whedon to direct ‘Batgirl’ film


Batgirl is getting a solo film. Variety reports that geek god Joss Whedon will be the one to bring the hero to the screen as part of the DC Extended Universe. Whedon will write, direct and produce the film for Warner.

Batgirl first appeared in comics in 1967 in “The Million Dollar Debut of Batgirl!” by writer Gardner Fox and artist Carmine Infantino, originally so that Willian Dozier could introduce a new female character into the 1960s Batman television series. First portrayed by Yvonne Craig, a later version of the character also appeared in the short-lived Birds of Prey series.

Whedon, of course, is no stranger to superhero films. Avengers and Avengers: Age of Ultron remain two of the highest grossing films for the Marvel Cinematic Universe, and Warner will be hoping that he can bring some of that coin to a universe that has been struggling to find a tone.

Wonder Woman and Justice League are the next two films slated in the DC Extended Universe, with a solo film for Aquaman to follow in 2018. The studio is also developing a Suicide Squad sequel, a Harley Quinn spin-off Gotham City Sirens, The Batman directed by Matt Reeves, Dwayne Johnson as Black Adam, and Flash and Cyborg solo films.